Learn about choosing quality early care and education
Choosing who cares for your child is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. BrightStars was developed to help you select the best care for your child.
Tiered Quality Rating & Improvement System
BrightStars assists families in finding quality early care, education and afterschool programs. Families looking for care may search online or call 1-855-398-7605. BrightStars also evaluates the quality of early care, education and afterschool programs and rates them from one (1) to five (5) stars and then helps them improve and expand their quality.
By becoming BrightStars-rated, early care, education, and afterschool programs show that they are committed to quality. BrightStars ratings are based on research-based standards that support development and learning.
BrightStars rates early care and education programs in the following standards:
- Health, Safety and Nutrition
- Enrollment and Staffing
- Staff Qualifications and Ongoing Professional Development
- Early Learning and Development
- Family Engagement
BrightStars rates School-Age Care programs (K-5) in the following standards
- Childs’s Daily Experience
- Teaching and Learning
- Staff-Child Ratio and Group Size
- Family Communication and Involvement
- Staff Qualifications
- Program Management